It seems rather incongruous that violets would bloom in my garden. After all, they are woodland flowers, usually found in damp conditions and my garden is decidedly non woodland. But today I saw my first flower on this violet I bought a couple of years ago, when the garden bloggers visited Madrone Nursery. I know it has flowered before because there are little seedlings growing around it but I always managed to miss the flowers in the past.
Among the sweetly scented stocks, the first swallowtail butterfly of the year. He didn't seem to mind at all that I was hovering over him to catch his photo. He'll be paying a visit to my parsley before long.
The first of the summer snowflakes, Leucojum aestivum are blooming in the English garden.